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WOODSTOCK, DAY TWO
Once upon a time...at Yasgur's farm (8/16a)
RAINMAKERS: THEY CONTROL THE WEATHER
This is no ordinary doorstop. (8/15a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: DOG DAYS
But things will liven up soon. (8/16a)
A PRESEASON
HITS LIST
The biz is getting its game face on. (8/16a)
GRAMMY CHEW: COMING IN
UNDER THE WIRE
More speculation over lox and bagels (8/16a)
HEAT!
Seriously, we can't take off any more clothes at the office.
DOLDRUMS!
Nothing doing.       
LUNCH!
Well, what do YOU want?      
VACATION!
Badly needed.     
Critics' Choice
SINATRA ON AIR: EARLY MAGIC
11/19/15

by Phil Gallo

The Frank Sinatra being widely celebrated on the 100th anniversary of his Dec. 12, 1915 birth focuses on Frank's suave side – the saloon songs, the swing with Count Basie and the songbook he popularized with Billy May, Nelson Riddle and Don Costa handling the arrangements.

Columbia/Legacy's Frank Sinatra: A Voice on the Air 1935-1955 captures Sinatra's early evolution as a live performer, from a soft-voiced interpreter of hits of the day to a commanding presence whose late '40s radio work provided a strong hint that indeed the best was yet to come.

There are gems within the old-fashioned sides here—a 1940 performance of Irving Berlin's “Marie” is a spirited kick in the pants—but it's disc 4's collection of performances from Your Hit Parade and NBC's Light Up Time and his headlining shows that reveal Sinatra's vocal magic.